After heading back to Sean's to drop off our hard-won purchases from the morning stops, we headed off to Cistus. We had originally intended to go to both Joy Creek and Cistus, but realized on the way out there that we were not going to make it to both. We decided to save Joy Creek for another excursion and headed off to Cistus.
Upon arrival, we wandered for a bit before meeting up with Sean once again. He enthusiastically showed us around many of the greenhouses, where we got to hear stories of where plants had come from, their hopes of how they'd fare, etc.
Before I get too much further, I offer a disclaimer...I'm not terribly knowledgeable about exotics and tropicals...so if I horribly mis-identify something, I hope you can forgive me :-)
|Bronze-Leaved Corydalis||Red-Tinged Epimedium Foliage|
|Loree in search of danger||Ryan, intent on a new find|
Sometimes even the weeds can be beautiful!
Not sure what this was...but it was striking.
|Sean Hogan||Sean, Ryan and Derrick chatting|
|Grevillea||Candy Corn Plant ;-)|
|Podophyllum||Jack in the Pulpit|
I almost got this, luckily Loree warned me it wasn't hardy for us...bummer :-(
Jack in the Pulpit
|Oxalis and Allium?||Heuchera|
Last but not least, are the amazing berries on this Mahonia...just when I had gotten bored of seeing these all over town, this one pops up and all is forgiven!
So there you have it, a fun-filled day with some fellow plant geeks. After the shopping was done, we returned to Sean's house for a delicious meal and some more plant talk...does it get any better?